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Landlords consider cold-hearted action
The Issue: Some city landlords are considering evicting tenants this winter in order to save money on heating oil.
Now faced with skyrocketing fuel-oil prices, some of them actually are thinking about throwing their tenants out into the cold this winter in order to save money.
By evicting their tenants, they can close their buildings and reduce heating costs, said Richard K. Heffner, presi-dent of the Real Estate Investors Association of Reading and Berks County.
Heffner said that with the price of fuel oil double what it was last year, the rents that most tenants pay won’t cover the heating costs and the other expenses incurred by the buildings’ owners.